Richest People In Asia

The Richest People In Asia - Asia's Most Affluent

Asia, the fastest growing region in the world has produced vast amount of wealth for its citizens. Among the beneficiaries are the smart and business minded individuals of this resourceful continent. Altogether, there are more than 600 Billionaires in Asia, with Hong Kong a tiny city boasting the most billionaires in the region. With 75 billionaires, the diminutive Hong Kong, Asia’s financial hub, is the city with the second largest billionaire population behind New York.  No wonder then that Asia’s list of the most affluent is dominated by Hong Kong billionaires.  Below we show you 20 of the richest people in this region. Read on...

Li Ka-shing Net Worth $31 Billion 

Hong Kong business tycoon Li Ka-shing is Asia’s richest man according to Forbes Magazine with a net worth of $31 billion. Ka-shing is Chairman of the Board of Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Cheung Kong Holdings. Despite his wealth, Ka-shing is known for leading a simple lifestyle. 

Li Ka-shing

Mukesh Ambani Net Worth $21.5 Billion 

The second richest man in Asia is India’s richest, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries. The Ambani family lives in a 27-story mansion in Mumbai which is said to be the largest private home in the world. Ambani employs 600 fulltime staff to manage his mansion. 

Mukesh Ambani

Lee Shau Kee Net Worth $20.3 Billion 

Hong Kong’s real estate tycoon Lee Shau Kee is majority owner of property conglomerate Henderson Land Development. The self-made billionaire is known to tell people who want to invest in his company to put their money elsewhere if he thinks their investment is at risk. 

Lee Shau Kee

Thomas & Raymond Kwok & Family Net Worth $20 Billion 

The Kwok brothers are the fourth richest men in Asia and the third richest in Hong Kong.  The two control real estate company Sun Hung Kai Properties. The brothers are currently facing corruption charges for allegedly bribing a politician. 

Thomas & Raymond Kwok

Georgina Rinehart Net Worth $17 Billion 

Australian mining heiress Georgina Rinehart is the 5th richest person in Asia and the fourth richest woman in the world. She owns the largest stakes in Fairfax Media, one of Australia’s biggest media companies. 

Georgina Rinehart

Lakshmi Mittal Net Worth $16.6 Billion 

London-based Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal is the chairman and CEO of the world’s largest steelmaking firm, ArcelorMittal.  He also holds one-third of the stakes in the Queens Park Rangers F.C. Football team. 

Lakshmi Mittal

Cheng Yu-tung Net Worth $16 Billion 

Another Hong Kong businessman on this list is Cheng Yu-tung.  A clerk working at a jewellery store, Cheng Yu-tung caught the eye of the owner’s daughter and married her before World War II. He helped grew the company into what is now known as the conglomerate Chai Tai Took Enterprises. 

Cheng Yu-tung

Dhanin Chearavanont & Family Net Worth $14.3 Billion 

The Chearavanont family is the richest in Thailand. Dhanin is CEO and chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group, one of Asia’s biggest conglomerates. The company invests in agriculture, telecommunications, real estate and others. 

Dhanin Chearavanont

Wang Jianlin Net Worth $14.1 Billion 

Real estate baron Wang Jianlin is the richest man in China. He chairs Dalian Wanda Group which owns 71 shopping plazas and 40 5-star hotels. The company also became the world’s top operator of movie theaters after Wang bought AMC Entertainment Holdings this year. 

Wang Jianlin

Tadashi Yanai & Family Net Worth $13.3 Billion 

Japanese businessman Tadashi Yanai is founder and president of Fast Retailing, the umbrella company which owns casual wear retailer Uniqlo.  His wife and sons co-own the company with a 40% stake. 

Tadashi Yanai

Henry Sy & family Net Worth $13.2 Billion 

Henry Sy’s family is the richest in the Philippines. He is best known for pioneering the SM malls. He chairs SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the holding company for all his business ventures which encompass retailing, real estate, banking, mining, hospitality, education and healthcare services. 

Henry Sy

Lee Kun-Hee Net Worth $13 Billion 

South Korea’s contribution to Asia’s richest list is Lee Kun-Hee, the chairman of technology behemoth Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest manufacturer of computer memory chips. The company generates a fifth of the country’s GDP. 

Lee Kun-Hee

Robert Kuok Net Worth 12.5 Billion 

Malaysian Chinese businessman Robert Kuok controls over half of Kerry Properties as well as half of Shangri-La Asia. The media-shy sugar baron also owns the newspaper South China Morning Post. 

Robert Kuok

Ananda Krishnan Net Worth $11.7 Billion 

Ananda Krishnan is the second wealthiest man in Malaysia behind Kuok.  Like Kuok, he also likes to keep a low profile. He has business stakes in media, oil and gas, telecom, power generation, gaming, leisure and property. This billionaire also owns one of the two Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia.

Ananda Krishnan

Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi Net Worth $11.7 Billion 

Thai businessman Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi is chairman of Fraser and Neave, Ltd., a conglomerate with business interests in food and beverage, publishing, brewing and property. He owns Thailand’s Pantip Plaza mall as well as hotels and several residential properties in Asia and in the United States. 

Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi

Zong Qinghou Net Worth $11.6 Billion 

Zong Qinghou is the second wealthiest man in China.  He is chairman and founder of the beverage empire, Hangzhou Wahaha Group. He has recently branched out into retailing. 

Zong Qinghou

Azim Premji Net Worth $11.2 Billion 

India’s software tycoon Azim Premji chairs Wipro Limited, India’s third biggest IT company. He owns 79 percent of the shares in Wipro. He is the first of India’s super rich to sign up for Warren Buffet and Bill Gates’ philanthropic campaign, Giving Pledge.

Azim Premji

Lui Che Woo Net Worth $10.7 Billion  

Hong Kong’s casino magnate Lui Che Woo is the founder of Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. which owns casinos and hotels in Macau.  In mid-2011, Lui Che Woo launched his biggest casino project to date, the 2,200-room Galaxy hotel and casino in Macau.  The establishment has 450 gambling tables, 50 restaurants, a faux beach and a wave pool. 

Lui Che Woo

Robert & Philip Ng Net Worth $10.1 Billion 

Singaporean real estate kingpins Robert and his brother Philip inherited a big chunk of their wealth from their late father, Ng Teng Fong. The brothers control real estate, hotel and mall conglomerate Far East Organization. 

Robert & Philip Ng


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